“You don’t know Custer. You get him fighting mad, and there isn’t anything he won’t do!”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Quinn is suitably noble-looking as Crazy Horse, but is given minimal screen-time and only speaks a few broken lines, such as the following: “Crazy Horse, war chief Sioux, speak with Long Hair, war chief Great White Father.”
Kennedy’s sneering role as a corrupt profiteer is equally thankless:
… and Charley Grapewin as “California Joe” merely serves as comedic relief:
Meanwhile, this was Flynn and de Havilland’s eighth and final romantic pairing together — after co-starring in Captain Blood (1935), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Four’s a Crowd (1938) [not listed in GFTFF], Dodge City (1939), The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939), and Santa Fe Trail (1940) — and their chemistry is as sure as ever:
What’s most impressive about this film, however, are the battle sequences, which were so harrowing they caused three real-life deaths and at least 80 injuries.
Note: For a Native American perspective on the Battle of Little Big Horn, click here to listen to a revealing interview with Sitting Bull’s great-grandson.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments: